REN Samples: First Impressions

REN are quickly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands; they cater for a wide variety of different skin types, their products are fuss-free but deliver effective results, and they've always got some sort of offer running- including throwing in a few samples with your order (okay, that last one is just a bonus). Samples are a great way of testing products before you buy them, and REN thankfully offer those in teeny tube size form opposed to sachets- my all time sample pet-hate. Over the last six months or so, I've rounded up quite the collection of REN samples, so with a couple of hits and misses, I thought a first impressions post was in order... well, it's about time!


The Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream has a really distinct scent that reminds me of sandalwood.. I could be totally off but it smells a bit furniture polish-esque. It's quite thick but didn't massively wow me, it just worked like a pretty average moisturiser but there weren't any miracle moments. Next up, the Micro Polish Cleanser; as much as CH has instilled in me the value of a good exfoliating toner- I think a manual exfoliator is a good thing to have on hand, and this one has such tiny little micro particles that it's not even close to the ghastly apricot kernels that Caroline so hates- rightfully so. I used this before a cleanser, not instead of one, just to gently buff away at some rough patches of skin that I had on my forehead, and it worked pretty well. REN's Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk really is quite milky, and for a cleanser I find it sort of difficult to use, it just doesn't really feel up to the job of a proper evening cleanse but for a gentle morning cleanse, this is perfect. Where to start with the Satin Perfection BB Cream? One word comes to mind: 'orange'. I can appreciate that it's difficult to cater to different complexions when you only have one shade- what is that all about REN?- but I can't really see this suiting anybody that isn't fake tanned to the nines. Sorry, but it's a no from me.

Their Invisible Pores Detox Mask is probably my second favourite thing out of the entire REN range. It's pretty well loved by everybody and with good reason, it's a clay mask with really great decongesting properties, making my skin feel smoother and softer immediately after use without any tightness or irritation. Definitely one for the repurchasing list. Now, onto my favourite product, the ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I won't bore you with my adoration for this one. I have an ode to here, but it's my current morning and evening cleanser plus I've repurchased three times, so that probably gives you a pretty good idea. Possibly the most hyped of the entire range, the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is probably the one that I'm most on the fence about. It's quite messy and thick to apply and it's one of the ones that is so sticky that it's difficult to remove aswell. I personally couldn't see a huge difference with this, although the centre of my face did look slightly more radiant. Potentially not worth the hype, I'm not sure.

Do you have a secret penchant for REN? P.s, if you fancy some Christmas promo-code loving, type XMAS20 in at the checkout. Yeah, you can thank me later...

9 comments :

  1. Hi there, I'm super interested in trying out those Ren products! May I ask where you got the samples from? Lovely blog X

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    1. Hi there lovely, if you buy something from REN's website they offer two free samples with every purchase xx

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  2. Thanks for the promo code! I love the sound of that mask! My skin has gone all over the place after having a baby this sounds perfect!

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    1. No worries! It's seriously good, give it a whirl- aww bloody hormones! xxx

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  3. I'm about to repurchase the clay cleanser too, I love it so much!

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    B xx

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  4. Can't wait to try some more Ren, what I do have is so lovely, just fresh and food for my skin!

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  5. lovely post and great blog

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  6. i actually have the invisible pores on as i type...haha! xx

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    1. So jealous! Mine's just run out :( xxx

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